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Big changes are making Lachie Neale even better than before, the Bombers have ordered another review

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan believes Lachi Neil is playing better football than his Brownlow medal season, largely because of his improved offensive output.

Nile was the fugitive winner of the game's most prestigious personal honor in 2020 and is back in outstanding form throughout the first half of this season.

The 29-year-old midfielder averaged 32.1 settlements and nearly one goal per game, playing with 39 touchdowns and two heads in the Lions' win over GWS last week.

Neil is second only to Clayton Oliver of Melbourne in the AFL Coaches Association Player of the Year award and is vying for a second Brownlow win.

"That year (2020) was a very special year for him so it would be hard to get over it, but I think he's even more dangerous these days," Fagan told Fox Foote.

“He’s hitting the scoreboard a bit on his own and getting a little more involved in helping the score.

"I always think the great players in the game do a lot of damage to the front half of the field and Lachi certainly starts to do some of it."

Neil's form was crucial to Brisbane's second-place finish before clashing with third-placed Fremantle at the Optus Stadium on Sunday.

Fagan, meanwhile, has been embroiled in controversy over his decision not to award a 50m penalty against Chad Warner during Sydney's narrow victory over Richmond on Friday night.

Just before the final siren sounded at the SCG, Tiger Dion Prestia was awarded a free kick about 70 meters from goal.

Warner picked up the ball after sounding the siren without hearing a free kick whistle and booted into the crowd.

This led to an appeal for a 50m penalty from Richmond players that kept Prestia within scoring limits.

But the umpires rejected their appeal and Sydney won by six points.

"I was just happy that 50m was not fined in that instance," Fagan said.

"It simply came to our notice then.

"Technically it might be there but I think common sense prevailed and I'm glad it did."

The bombers ordered another review

Ascendon president Paul Brasher has announced a full-scale review of the AFL club's football activities and apologized to members for not informing chief executive Javier Campbell about the extension of his contract.

An intense spotlight has hovered over the Bombers throughout a horrific season of 2022, leaving them 16th on the ladder with just two wins at Halfway Point.

This has led to sharp criticism of the club's classification, including that of CEO Campbell, coach Ben Rutten and recruiting boss Adrian Dodoro.

A poor performance playing group has also come under fire for taking a dramatic dive after playing in the final last season.

In a video message to club members released Monday, Brasher announced that football director Shawn Wellman is overseeing the review on behalf of the board.

Wellman, a Bombers 2000 Premiership defender, will be assisted by club great Kevin Shady and Simon Madden.

Dylan Schill has left SCG with his Ascendon teammates.

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"We're keeping an eye on every element of the football program," Brasher said.

"The actions taken out of this review may be incremental in terms of additional resources rather than transformative."

Brasher says the main focus areas of the review will be support for player development, coaching and coaching groups, and recruitment and list management.

“The field of hiring and list management is one that is going to be much more important this year because of our opportunities,” Brasher said.

"It's always important, but this year we have the potential to create a reasonably high draft pick, with room in our pay caps and the ability to go on trade deals, free agency and a real head of steam."

Brasher said Ascendon's tough draw and injury contributed to poor results this year and predicted "real improvement" in the second half of the season.

Bombers Nick Cox

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"But don't get me wrong, we're still in development, we're still working on something," he said.

"Again, I'll tell you that progress isn't going to be linear, but it's going to be there."

Campbell, who took over as CEO in 2014, has had his contract extended until the end of 2024 in recent weeks.

The bombers did not inform members of the new deal, news of which broke through the media earlier this month.

"I have had one or two people tell me that it was inappropriate to read about this in their paper before the club informed them and questioned whether we were trying to pull any kind of Swift," Brasher said.

The answer to the second question is absolutely no, but I must apologize that you did not hear it from us first.

"But on a truly fundamental question, the board has unanimously agreed to extend Xavier's contract because we believe he is the best person to provide us with the stability we need and to lead us through this next phase of our five-year strategic plan, including football. Success. "

Announced in December last year, the strategic plan set goals for each Essendon team - including both the AFL men's and women's teams - to win at least one Premiership by 2026.

Lucky mothers survived a heart attack

Great Peter Matera of the West Coast is lucky to have survived a serious heart attack while chopping wood at his home in Victoria.

Peter's brother Phil said the presence of Matara's wife, Suzy, who had raised concerns, was crucial to his survival.

"The doctor said he was lucky to have someone with him and they could take him straight to the hospital," Phil Matera told 7News.

"He was chopping wood and got some pain in his chest and luckily he didn't get out of the tractor as he usually does."

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Tom Razic withdraws from Socceroos World Cup qualifiers

Australia's hopes of reaching the fifth World Cup in a row have been shattered by the withdrawal of star midfielder Tom Razik from the Sucrose squad.

The 29-year-old, who has been without a club since leaving Celtic for the Scottish Giants' 10th league title win in the last 11 seasons, cited personal reasons as the reason for his withdrawal.

The move would allow coach Graham Arnold to win next week's Asian play-off against the United Arab Emirates in Qatar without one of his main offensive weapons.

A game against Peru will begin next week to secure a place in the November World Cup as a result of the clash in Doha on 7 June (June 8 at 4am AEST).

"My focus right now is on our players in Qatar," Arnold said.

"We have selected an extended squad of quality players and I believe we will achieve something special for Australia in the next two weeks."

Socceroos officials will not be calling for Raziq's replacement, reducing the squad to 28 players for the upcoming match.

Raziq was recalled when he and other leading players were unavailable at the most recent Sucrose camp in March, COVID-19, due to injury and personal reasons.

Missing a number of big names, the Sakaras suffered successive defeats to Japan and Saudi Arabia in that window, depriving them of automatic qualification and forcing them to the playoffs.

The rest of the Australian squad is meeting with the Scouts in Doha to face Jordan in a friendly on Wednesday (4am AEST).

Arnold has said he will use the warm-up fixture to sharpen his squad before the play-offs by giving game time to players who have not appeared in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates finalized their preparations with a 1-1 draw against the African nation Gambia in Dubai on Monday.

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More details about the Jeff Gladney tragedy

February 28, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Texas Christian defensive back Jeff Gladney. Compulsory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports.

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jeff Gladney has died in a car crash in Dallas on Memorial Day.

Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1st round of the 2020 draft, Gladoni signed with the Cardinals on March 16 when he was acquitted of the attack a week earlier, an alleged violation that led to his release by the Vikings in 2021.

New details emerged Monday afternoon in Dallas, including the location and time of the crash - around 2:30 a.m. along a Udal Rogers Freeway Service Road adjacent to Allen Street. Authorities declared Gladney and an unidentified woman dead at the scene.

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While the investigation is still ongoing, officials point out that speed could be a contributing factor.

"We're praying for family and privacy at this difficult time," Gladney's agent Brian said of the Overstreet tragedy.

Gladney arrived in the Vikings the night the team drafted Justin Jefferson in 2020. He started 15 out of 16 games for Minnesota in 2020, and has an upward trajectory to promote his sophomore. He had a total of 81 tackles in 2020. In 2012 Antoine Winfield Sr. Most of the Vikings cornerback from.

Jeff Gladney
August 28, 2020; Egan, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Jeff Gladney (20) at practice at US Bank Stadium. Compulsory Credit: Brad Rampel - USA Today Sports

Gladney received condolences from dozens of others on Twitter on Monday, including Cameron Dantzler, JJ Watt, Jalen Reger and Justin Jefferson.

Gladney was a standout football player, basketball player and track athlete at New Boston High School before attending TCU.

He was 25 years old.


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NRL News: ‘I made a mistake but I am not hungry for money’

In signing a six-year deal with Brisbane, Payne Haas admitted that he had "made a mistake".

NSW is trying to extend and upgrade the prop deal, which runs until the end of 2024, but when negotiations with the Broncos broke down, its management requested an immediate release last week.

After being denied a club request, he was mocked by Broncos fans at Suncorp Stadium last Friday.

"I made a mistake in signing my last contract a long time ago," he told reporters at the Blues camp in Kuji on Monday.

"It's the same deal they offered me last year. The same exact deal. Six years - I made the mistake of signing my last contract too long.

"The thing that bothers me the most is that people say I'm hungry for money. "If I had, I would have left Brisbane many years ago.

"I think it's a fair deal and it's the same deal they offered me last year and the Broncos offered it.

"It simply came to our notice then. That's why I let the club and my manager talk. "

Sonny Bill Williams paused

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"If it were a matter of money I would have left many years ago."

Haas is said to want a performance clause in the extension of his proposed contract, which means he will become a free agent if Brisbane fails to reach the final.

Sony is advising Bill Williams Haas on the future of his game and he has described Kiwi Dual International as an ideal mentor.

"She is telling me to keep my head and legs. That's the decent thing to do, and it should end there. "

"The problem I'm going through now is nothing compared to what some people are going through."

The future of the 22-year-old at Red Hill has been clouded since he broke up with his manager Chris Orr, who began negotiations for a new six-year deal with the Broncos last year.

Haas was unexpected when asked if he wanted to stay in Brisbane. He said: “I love Brisbane and the city has taken me. But at the end of the day I decide what is best for my daughter based on my decision.

"I'm trying to set my daughter (for life) and I will do God's will."

In the past, Fitler has indicated that he will not select players involved in contract disputes, but Haas has assured him that this stand-off will not affect the Blues camp.

"I told him (Fitler) that I wasn't confused and I told him I was concentrating on the handiwork," he said.

"I think I've got more kisses than the Titans players… and I understand why this has happened all along."

Haas has been named to start for NSW before the opening match of the series next Wednesday.

Harry watches Grant of the Maroons during a game in the 2021 State of Origin series.

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Maroon 'quarantine' grant

Storm hooker Harry Grant will be kept away from the rest of the Queensland squad until Wednesday because he has the flu.

Grant was ruled out of Thursday night's win over Manley due to a groin injury and has been ruled out due to illness.

Maroons coach Billy Slater said Grant's illness prompted him to be picked on the bench, starting with in-form dragon veteran Ben Hunt Hooker.

"Harry is still recovering from his groin injury. We think he will be fine to play but he has had the flu for the last five days," Slater said.

"I think anyone in the game knows that the flu has been going on and hit something for a week.

"Harry will actually be in Melbourne until Wednesday, then we'll pick him up and hopefully he'll be on the field for us on Thursday."

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Tane Edmed rejects Force’s offer to sign new Tahs agreement

Ten Admed has put an end to speculation about his immediate future, resisting the apparent interest of Western forces to stay with Waratah for the next two seasons.

Injuries to Ben Donaldson and Will Harrison have made Edmund the club's number one favorite and his impressive form has earned him the high honor of making Wallabis for the 2023 World Cup.

Edmed Hall is a product of Waratah and Club Rugby Path that graduated from the New South Wales Rugby Academy System and Elite Development Squad in 2021 with a full-time playing squad.

Trinity Grammar School Product was also named as Dave Dennis Elite Youth Development Player at the end of the 2020 season after taking his shoot shield side Eastwood to the grand finale in the first season of his 1st grade.

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"Yeah, it's pretty incredible. I grew up here, I have a lot of close friends on the team and I have such a good feeling around the group," AdMed said.

"The coaching group here is world class and I think it's the best place for me as an individual and as a player and one of the main reasons I stay.

"The new facilities, the new stadiums and the incredible culture that we are creating, the future here is really exciting, so it would be foolish to leave.

“At the beginning of the season, DC asked us what kind of legacy we wanted to leave or what our goal was, and my part in this journey of rebuilding the Warta was to bring the team back to where it deserved it.

"I like to play for the Waratas and see myself here for years to come."

Coleman says: "Ten had a breakout season and sometimes it shows that the boys just need a chance, and once he got it, he took it in both hands.

“It’s a great reflection of the quality of the Pathway system that he graduated from NSW School to our academy and then to the core team.

"Tane has a great future here if he continues to improve his game with the Warata and the Walabi.

“As a team man and as a person, he is first-class, he plays hard every week and the boys love him. We see from the game the Crusaders how much he cares about this team; He wears his heart in his hands which is great. "


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The A-League Men’s Grand Final wasn’t a big event, but it’s okay

More than 80,000 people took part in the Collingwood v Carlton clash at the MCG last Sunday, as two historical rivals rekindled a competitive fire that has existed for 130 years.

The Australian rule is that football is your thing or not, creating a terrific crowd between two suburban clubs and providing a competition and environment that is unmatched by any other domestic competition in the country.

If you dislike the code you will rarely care about evaluating the show, yet for those who consume more than just a football diet the match was another example of how well the AFL has done over the last 30 years. Creating and managing its brand and maintaining an event feel in its big matches.

In contrast, the two A-League men's teams, with a combined lifespan of less than 20 years, met a day earlier in a grand final played in front of 22,495 people at AAMI Park.

It was a brilliant ending to the A-League main season where a fairy tale was written and even the league's competitiveness was fully displayed.

In addition to the two teams involved in the match, Melbourne Victory and Adelaide United fans looked on with frustration, knowing full well that they were very close to taking part in the match and were now able to pick up the silverware from the West. United Trophy Cabinet.

Indeed, fans of the Mariners and Phoenix can also be sure that their boys were a bit unlucky not to go deeper into the finals and seeing the reflection, it seems clear that each of the six semi-finalists had every right to believe them. On the day of the final, history was able to catch on.

Western United

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When I got a few Eddie McGuire-type comments on social media, which some ridiculed as an embarrassing two-thirds-full space hosting Australian football's showpiece event, there was nothing to mourn, lament or mourn for Melbourne. Of course city fans.

The relevant reality is that everyone in Melbourne was inspired enough to be present in a modern stadium, millions of other people were watching at home or on mobile devices and two great football teams played an interesting and entertaining game of 'Soccer'.

And we can't expect anything more.

In addition to the potential participation of a few more clubs capable of pushing for seats, the A-League Men's Grand Final perfectly highlights the size, scope and impact of football in Australia and we should celebrate it.

It is somewhat tiring to hear that people perpetuate the Silver-Bullet myth that propaganda will religiously transform the Australian game, or that a national second division will somehow be established without the inevitable pressure, financial pressure and uncertainty.

I'm a little sick to hear of the newly acquired funds now available in the APL and the wild and unproven rumors of a new marquee signing that will suddenly change the domestic game forever.

True, this can be bypassed-but not unless you're a techie who knows what he's doing. Australian football, like all organizations, lives in a limited space.

There is a limited number of interested eyeballs, players, club members and most importantly dollars where the game has access.

Not all media outlets are interested in promoting football as aggressively and / or as vigorously as other sports, as return is not the only option.

The grassroots, local clubs and those involved in playing at the A-League men's level are always the result of their passion and not for any real or vague gain.

As it happened in the broadcast, the current incumbents continue to cite an attitude and commitment to football as the main motivation behind their long playing style.

John Aloisy picked up the A-League trophy

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The A-League Men's pay cap is dwarfed by its AFL and NRL equivalents, which illustrate the simple and cool mathematical realities that game operators face.

Clearly, the A-League men are as big as they are right now and should probably be mentioned more frequently in the description of the surroundings of the less doom and more celebration of its wealth.

There's nothing wrong with two clubs playing a decisive game in front of 22,000 people, or admitting that an average attendance of 10,000 is decent for all clubs throughout the season.

Yes, there is a huge potential for any young boy to go abroad and earn potential money that they never even dreamed of in Australia and there is no possibility of A-League Men's Football being broadcast on a free-to-air television station. The two biggest codes for most of our lives.

Yet these realities do not stop many from expressing frustration and resentment towards those who control the top tier of Australian football, seemingly believing that if they make some good decisions, national competitions will magically transform them in terms of international prestige and quality.

The A-leagues will evolve over time and in their own time. Whatever they are so and so, I think it's enjoyable to see them.

Perhaps it’s best that fans avoid dreaming too big and reaching out to the stars, instead welcoming the growing change and realizing that our grandchildren could be the first generation to see how big the A-League can be.

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Both coaches needed to roll the dice with selection gambling but Foxx shouldn’t

Brad Fitler supported the convention at every turn when he selected his NSW team, so it should come as no surprise that he did so again for the 2022 State of Origin series opener.

Despite being loyal to the players who worked for him, Fitler stuck his trademark left-field thinking to a few selections, most notably bringing roster veteran Daniel Tupau to the wing and placing fifth-eighth with the Riders. Jack Whitton in the center.

Else forward Ryan Matterson, Broncos center Cotoni Stags, bench utility Stephen Crichton and Sharks halfback Nico Hynes are the four potential debutants as 18th man and Knights prop Jacob Saifiti and roster prodigy Joseph Swalio have 22 members. June 8.

Loyalty is a two-way street, and Josh Ado-Kar, Jack Trobojevic, and Angus Crichton have led them to a surprising elimination.

Despite losing three of the last four series, Queensland is relatively conservative on the election table.

New coach Billy Slater has brought in some wrestlers between Jeremiah Nanai, Patrick Carrigan, Ruben Cutter and Selwyn Cobo but has sided with key players since last year's 2-1 series loss, a contest that ended halfway through the game. Two

Dumping star forward David Fifita is an amazing but despite all the hype, he has struggled to perform at the Origin level in his five appearances, failed to dominate the club level for the Titans and is back in just one game from a knee injury.

Josh Addo-Car made an attempt in Queensland

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Slater dared not take the easy option and include Fifita but he was famous as a fearless player during his playing career in Storm, Maroons and Kangaroos so he should bring the same approach to his coaching stunts.

Fifita has the potential to be a game-changer for the Maroons, but he has yet to make his mark on the Origin arena.

One player who switched from a starter to the bench last year had hinted that he was likely to follow in the footsteps of Gordon Talis as Queensland's Raging Bull at the representative level but has yet to prove it.

Dan Carlo, Dave Taylor, Quinn Hess, Joe Offhengau… many young Queensland forwards have been promoted year after year to take on the Talisman mantle, but size and strength are one thing, physical appearance is another.

David Fifita

David Fifita. (Photo by Mark Colby / Getty Images)

For NSW, the decision to change the winning team is often frowned upon but the longer you keep a squad together, the more likely the team is to stagnate.

Refreshing and reviving your line-up, even if it has won three of the last four series, is the key to key success.

And Fitler prefers to throw the traditional way of thinking outside the window, such as in 2019 when he made 10 changes for the second game after losing the opening match of the series in Perth and the Blues responded with a devastating 38-6 victory.

Two new centers - Witton and Stags - have been compulsorily selected due to injuries to Lateral Mitchell and Tom Trobozevich, with other changes in the NSW line-up in scope.

He is stuck in his spine with Captain James Tedesco Fullback, Jerome Louie and Nathan Cleary and Damien Cook, although the only one of these four places was in doubt as to whether they needed to change the hooker with Api. Koroisau in top form in the Panthers.

Brian Too will also work out a lead-up half of his club to spread Penrith's influence across the field and Lock Isaah Yo will provide a grant in the middle as well as a link between the pack and the Speedstars on the back. Liam Martin and Crichton fill in where needed Bench Utility gives Fitler the option to keep another pair of Panthers in the park whenever a gap is opened.

There was talk that Martin would fail to start in the Game-Day squad, which was a surprise because he was bled by the Blues last year and he just made a mistake during their dazzling dealings with the competition's top premiers. 11-1 start this season. Fortunately he is on the interchange and should probably start in the second row before Tariq Sims.

Still, for all the tinkering that Fitler has done, it's a big surprise not to see Ado-Car on one side.

He suffered damage to the Dragons on Sunday with a few terrible reeds in a formidable defense for the Dogs but seems to be trying too hard towards a fighter.

After moving from the Melbourne Storm victory machine to the Bulldogs, it has easily been the toughest season of his career.

But with 10 tries from 12 origins, the crown of the fastest player in the game and a winger who never shied away from his responsibility to hard yard, the ado-car should have been retained.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - November 18: Blues coaches Brad Fitler and Daniel Tupau watch Australia after three games in the State of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at the Suncorp Stadium on November 18, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde / Getty Images)

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Tupau is a good player but Queensland is obviously happy to see a rooster instead of a fox on the other side of the field.

In addition to the omission of Fifita, Slater's biggest gamble in his first attack on top-level coaching has potentially shown too much faith in the likes of last year's hidden players in Townsville and Brisbane.

There are 10 survivors hiding that 50-6 and 26-0 and that was on the ground floor of the house.

Knights fullback Kalin Ponga will have a microscope on him to lead the day after the Warriors rising star Reese Walsh.

Ponga, who missed the first two games last year due to injury but was part of a 20-18 Game-Three consolation win, is the worst for Newcastle this season.

Kalin Ponga is the main color of the state for Queensland.

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For all its faults, Pangar has a 2-2 record at the Origin level since its debut in 2018 which is a decent record during NSW domination.

But it also tells you that he has yet to play a full series - injury has reduced his Rocky campaign and dropped him from next year's third match, the series ending late 2020 and the first two matches last year. .

Both coaches have dashed for the first game in their own way. You have to. There is no point in falling behind when the team that won the first match rarely claimed the series by winning the next two matches - it only happened seven times, in 1982, 1987, 1994, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013 and 2019.

NSW's Accor Stadium has home-ground facilities after the COVID-19 epidemic forced it to relinquish that right for three matches last year.

The Blues disagree with the bookies on winning the series, not just a game, and Queensland has always claimed that they do not care about pre-match bias, they have no choice but to be underdogs.

"I don't think so," Slater said Monday morning. "I never set foot on the Origin field with the feeling that the other team was better than us and we won't start now."

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Payne Haas could win the title or earn বেতন 1.2 million a year – but she can’t.

And so, again, we come to the part where we talk about the middle ground.

It would be nice to talk about how he was named to play in his eighth State of the Origin match and to decide if he would start off the bench or not.

But instead, he and his new management have decided that in mid-contract and mid-season, playing their best footballer at the Broncos club for the rest of Haas' time, it was time to seek immediate release.

It was a shocking act of selfishness, perhaps the only smile that showed shame when he said he was "upset" by being raised by Brisbane fans in their game against the Titans on Friday night.

What did he honestly expect to happen? Will there be sympathy and understanding from fans that a man earning $ 750,000 this season, the next $ 800,000 and 20 850,000 in 2024 is getting paid so low that he is entitled to be stamped on a contract he has signed himself?

Now I’ve set it apart before, because poor Payne and the money he thinks he deserves has been going on for ages now.

Pain smiles.

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But as a quick refresher, Haas's current, six-year contract with the Broncos was signed in 2018, valued at a total of 3.64 million (initially $ 3 million but the Broncos apparently showed the decency to upgrade him without asking anything), returning in '18, and so on. Signed when he was - as I mentioned last August - "an injured teenager who didn't even play 40 minutes of first-grade football".

It was a show of great faith from Red Hill and they continued to support Hask in the years that followed, notably when he acted as a rogue off the field - even as a criminal.

So how will he repay their trust and support? He demanded immediate release from his contract because the club had not bowed to his demands.

According to Danny Weidler over the weekend, those demands are, "Haas wants to extend his contract for three more years, not six. He wants 1 1 million for next year and 2024, and he wants 1. 1.2 million for 2025.

First, Danny, he won't extend his contract for another three years if he has already signed up for both of them. That's an extension One Years

So according to Wadler's previously mentioned numbers, Haas wants a $ 350,000 upgrade to his current contract and in return, he is willing to offer another year.

In fact, Haas is seeking a 350,000 signing bonus for his promise of an additional one year - oh, and he will receive another hefty salary increase for that one year, claiming $ 1.2 million for the 2025 season.

Surprisingly, the Broncos are not interested in this new deal. Because, you see, it's a bad deal for them. So they are looking to be engaged in "an ongoing dialogue about expanding his current contract."

But smile? He just wants to leave now, because he thinks his current contract - which, again, he signed at the age of 18 and before that he even ran 100 meters in first grade, but still more valuable than what he will earn in his lifetime - is under him. It is very unfair to continue.

Weidler further added that this is not the reason why Haas wants to walk Really Money but his will has performance clause in his contract.

"Haas wants to get out of his contract if they don't make the best eight in one year of his new contract, or if they don't make the best six in the second year, and if they don't in three years. I can't get into the top four, "Weidler wrote.

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Suppose we take Haas in his words - that it is not a matter of money, although he wants these clauses And Lots of money.

Does he not understand that the two are virtually mutually exclusive?

If a prop, even the best prop in a game, takes $ 1.2 million from a club's salary cap, the club's chances of making it into the top four are severely hampered - arguably an impossibility.

Widler's belief that "the best forwards in the game get a seven-point deal" is not true. This only happened at two clubs - the Titans paid ফ 1.2 million to David Fifita and the Cowboys paid ন 1 million to Jason Toumalolo.

The club's best forwards who consistently make it into the top four - Storm, Rosters and Panthers - are nowhere near a mile, $ 1.2 million a year. These clubs spend a lot of money on their backbone because they say that players ultimately determine the outcome of the game on a much more consistent basis than the larger units in the middle.

Taking an extra $ 400,000 from the pay cap for laughter will severely hamper the Broncos' ability to compete with the above clubs.

So his salary prevents the Broncos from making four, letting him go because the team doesn't perform as he pleases.

Again, you can see why Dave Donaghy and Co. Not ready to fold.

For a resolution, a little creativity on the part of the Broncos can help solve this problem.

If Haas is so interested in these performance clauses, how will they cut both ways? The club will allow him to walk if they do not do eight, six and four in the next three years.

But he was only allowed to go to a club that did eight, six or four.

If Haas is more interested in success than money, he can earn less than the title contestant - because the kind of money he's going to get is what he thinks he's in a struggling club. If he's serious about winning the Grand Final with his current teammates as a rental gun instead of building for them, he'll have to take Anders to be coached by Craig Bellamy, Trent Robinson or Evan Cleary.

Pain smiles

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Of course, the real solution is to finally take action for the NRL and end this 'I want more' fiasco once and for all.

Every off-season, we fans are told that the thing we hate most about NRL is that players can sign to another club about 18 months ago, for example, Paramatman fans feel a little sad about how good Reed Mahoney is. Playing this year because he will be in the Bulldogs in 2024

But you know what I think of the fans Really The most hateful? Players decide in the middle of a contract that they want more than just signing, so demand a release - and it's always available.

The whole idea that NRL loyalty is dead and that it is a two-way road bulldozer. If a player performs poorly, they do not go ahead without pay - their club either puts them on the books or sends them away but they need to raise their pay to make sure the player is not worse than the conditions they signed.

But if a player wants more money, the club will often let them go.

NRL's have to turn it off - and it's easy to do. They simply make a rule that the recent agreement you have signed travels with you. So if Haas is released, he will only be allowed to sign the same contract with another club that he currently has with the Broncos.

This will stop 99 percent of the mid-contract player movement with the stroke of a pen.

The Rugby League is taking a stand against the Players' Association because it is not in the interest of the players. Is In the interest of the players.

The vast majority of players are not going to find themselves in this situation. Yet they all pull the stunt like a laugh whenever they pull with the same brush of being a ‘greedy footballer’.

The money-inspired mid-contract move will improve the position of every player who is stamped out, except for a select few who have pledged their allegiance by signing legally binding contracts to earn more money to leave the club citing 'personal reasons'.

The flow-on effect will be that more and more fans are watching the game and in the end, more money will be deposited in the pockets of the players, than just some greedy people who perpetuate the death of the loyalty myth.

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The League One final breaks to think about the Japanese links with Super Rugby

It really looks like the weekend has started right in the rugby world finals, the European Cup has been decided and Japan's inaugural League One champions have also been crowned.

The Super Rugby and United Rugby Championships advance to the quarterfinals this weekend and the Major League Rugby will follow this weekend. The English Premiership and the French Top 14 start their final series the same weekend.

In Tokyo, Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights won 18-12 against Tokyo Santori Sangoliath, giving Robbie Deans the fifth Japanese title he had won with the Crusaders.

Wallabis center Samu Kerevi, playing for Santori for 13, and All Blacks fullback Damien Mackenzie were the center of the attack, and Mackenzie refused to try just before halftime when the ball went one meter away from the grip from the try line. But the Wild Knights had such a strong defense that Santori didn't have much of a chance to make a shot.

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Samuel Kerevy. (Picture of Kenta Harada / Getty Images)

Two attempts to zero were the story of the tape, his burnstorming best for scoring the first goal in Wallabis winger Marika Coroibe, and he would have got the second one very soon after if there had not been a tidy knock-on in the lead-up. . Former Brisbane City and Australian Under-20 center Dylan Riley won seven minutes from time.

Although Kerevi was strong if reasonably contained, Coriobet's display would have brought a smile to Dave Rennie's face, with only a few weeks left now with his first proper Wallabis squad of the season.

He carries firmly, regularly blows tackles and finishes the opportunities he finds, even if one is overturned on close inspection. Walabis fans should have no worries about his selection in his current form.

And while Robbie Deans was delighted to reach the League One final last week, he was adamant that Wallace and the All Blacks were being regularly selected from League One clubs for Test responsibilities and that the big issue was when. And there is no need for rest.

"The game's field of communication is unknown since I first came here [in 2014]”Dennis told Paul Cooley Stuff.co.nz Last week.

"Two of last year's nominees (Samu Kerevi and Michael Hooper) have dropped out of League One.

“People usually suggest that the better the company you come from, the better. All right, we can't all be bad. "

Surely, the form that Hooper showed after returning from his season with Toyota Verblitz with Kieran Reid in the last half of 2021 will underline that point. Jed Holloway was on the Verblitz squad at the same time, and he is one of the super rugby Pacific form players this season.

Michael Hooper of Varatas charges the field during a Round 14 Super Rugby Pacific match between Highlander and NSW Varatah at the Forsyth Bar Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand on May 22, 2022.  (Photo by Joe Allison / Getty Images)

Michael Hooper. (Photo by Joe Allison / Getty Images)

And while Australia has used a few iterations of what will be known as the Gitau rule forever since 2015, New Zealand has remained steadfast in selecting only contracted players for the national body, even taking their star players over time, despite numerous and fully sanctioned Japanese seasons.

"It's inevitable, and essential," Dean said of New Zealand Rugby adopting a foreign policy at some point.

“At the governance and administrative level, they will just go beyond themselves and get up around the table and start working together. Because especially in the South, we all face the same challenge.

"The fact that they no longer meet with South African players - most of whom are here in Japan - has affected the game and the coaching group experience.

"Over time, this will make a difference if it does not already exist. So it is inevitable that they will eventually find some cross-border that will involve Japan. They will have to overcome all political obstacles."

The former Wallabies and Queensland scrumhalf Will Genia are much on the same page.

"The big picture is obviously trying to take a team to Super Rugby, because it's the same time zone," he told us in The Roar Rugby podcast last week.

"And not just a team like the Sanolvs, a team like Santori or Panasonic, where they have a club that already has a base of supporters.

Paul Cooley, coincidentally enough, echoed similar sentiments in a podcast in mid-April that Rugby Australia, New Zealand Rugby and the Japanese Rugby Football Union have teamed up to form a kind of cross-border competition, exactly what Robbie Deans is calling for.

Of course, the format of this type of competition would be an interesting one, and my own view is that it needs to be some kind of ambitious series so that teams qualify without having to be a set, ring-funded competition with the same team. Years

As a guide, there are 24 teams in the Champions Cup Tournament, including the top eight clubs and the top 14 in each of the Premiership and then eight URC teams from the more complex qualifying system.

As best I can summarize, the method involves four distinct shield winners - namely, the Irish, South African and Welsh teams, the two best Scottish and two Italian teams with the highest competition points each season. Then, it is the top four teams in the table that have not already qualified.

So for next season, Leinster, Stormers, Osprey and Edinburgh Shield winners as well as the next four best teams: Ulster, Bulls, Sharks and Munster.

Munster rugby

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This is somewhat protracted, but it ensures that teams from all over Europe and now South Africa will be represented in the Champions Cup, and therefore maximizes interest and trade opportunities in more countries than some countries if not represented. Obviously, the next level Challenge Cup helps in this section as well.

But that URC method of qualification probably provides a template for this cross-border - I'm going to call it JANZPac, for the sake of a name - tournament, where you want to give Fijian Drua and Moana Pacific a chance. As much as you want the best teams from Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

A 12-team JANZPac competition at this time of year before the July Test will open the door for Super Rugby Pacific to return to the old 11-game-plus-final format that Super 12 used quite successfully from the start.

How you get into that 12-team split is a matter of creativity, and I'm sure there are plenty of ideas out there.

The top four in League One, as well as the top three Australian teams and the top three NZ teams, as well as the best ranked team in Drua or Moana, and the next best Super Rugby Pacific team, whatever, came to me as an idea at the time of writing this article.

But whatever the format, it needs to be fair and ambitious for everyone involved.

And that would require a proper, European professional club rugby (EPCR) type governing body, not the current country rugby committee set-up that seems to run Super Rugby Pacific.

But with things like this, it's not a big deal to see Wallabis and All Blacks being selected to play for their country from Japanese clubs, as Robbie Deans suggests.

And from a local point of view, it is better to work and build a relationship with Japan than to continue this charade of paddling against the tide of the king in the most futile effort of working and competing with Japan from which everyone can benefit.

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Former Vikings CB dies at 25

August 27, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney (20) against the Kansas City Chiefs while playing at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Compulsory Credit: Danny Medley - USA Today Sports

Former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Jeff Gladney dies, according to Eri Meirov Pro football focus.

Gladney was 25 years old.

Drafted by the Vikings in the 1st round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Gladney spent a season in Minnesota before joining the Arizona Cardinals this spring. In Arizona, Gladney sought a career recovery after being released by the Vikings in 2021.

As a rookie, Gladney was sharp and often played like a security guard, a strong tackle machine who started 15 of 16 games during his first voyage. Gladney and then-teammate Cameron Dantzler devised the Vikings for life after Javier Rhodes and Trey Owens.

Jeff Gladney
August 28, 2020; Egan, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Jeff Gladney. Compulsory Credit: Brad Rampel - USA Today Sports

In the spring of 2021, however, Gladys was arrested for assault in Texas. He was released less than a year later. Meanwhile, the Vikings have cut Gladney before the proper process is over.

Gladney's collegiate teammate at TCU confirmed the tragedy on Twitter.

Details about the cause of Gladney's death are unclear.


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